Sacramento council approves Kings arena deal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento is in a stronger position to convince the NBA to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle with a deal now in place to build an 18,500-seat arena downtown.
The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to approve a deal that contributes $258 million to the $447 million project. The city plans to use money earned from leasing parking garages for events at the arena to help pay the public cost of the new arena on the current site of an aging shopping mall.
The other $189 million will come from the California investment group seeking to have the NBA negate a pending sale that would move the team and restore the SuperSonics name.
Yankees complete trade for Angels' Vernon Wells
TAMPA, Fla. — The New York Yankees completed a trade for 34-year-old Vernon Wells on Tuesday in a deal that sent a pair of minor leaguers to the Los Angeles Angels: outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed.
With the deal, New York surpassed the Los Angeles Dodgers for the highest projected opening day payroll in the majors.
The Angels will pay $28.1 million of the $42 million that Wells is owed over the final two seasons of the $126 million, seven-year contract he signed with Toronto.
The Angels will give New York $9.5 million this year and $18.6 million in 2014, leaving the Yankees to pay $11.5 million this year and $2.4 million in 2014. The structure was designed to help the Angels to stay under the luxury tax threshold of $178 million this year and help the Yankees get under it in 2014, when the threshold rises to $189 million.
A three-time All-Star, Wells hit .230 with 11 homers and 29 RBIs last year and has just 36 homers and 95 RBIs in two seasons with the Angels.
JUPITER, Fla. — The St. Louis Cardinals placed third baseman David Freese on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
Infielder Ryan Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday to replace Freese, who hopes to return in time for the home opener April 8 against Cincinnati. Left-hander Sam Freeman was optioned to Triple-A.
In 12 spring training games, Freese was batting .267 with two home runs and five RBIs. The move was retroactive to Saturday Jackson was optioned to the minors on March 17 after appearing in 17 spring training games. Freeman made two exhibition appearances.
UCLA S Tevin McDonald dropped from program
LOS ANGELES — UCLA safety Tevin McDonald has been released from the program for violating team policy.
Bruins coach Jim Mora announced the decision Tuesday.
McDonald was the Bruins' starting safety the past two seasons. He finished third on the team with 79 tackles last season while starting 13 games, but wasn't allowed to play in the Holiday Bowl after violating team rules.
McDonald is the son of longtime NFL defensive back Tim McDonald and the brother of former Southern California safety T.J. McDonald.
Mora also says receivers Jerry Rice Jr. and Ricky Marvray will transfer for their senior years of eligibility after graduating from UCLA.
Compiled from wire reports